Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Migrant Trail: "We Walk for Life"

Trek will spotlight entrant deaths

By Stephanie Innes
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 05.27.2006

More than 120 people from around the world are expected to take part in a 75-mile walk that begins on Memo
rial Day and is meant to bring attention to the undocumented migrants who die in the Southern Arizona desert each summer.

The third annual "Migrant Trail: We Walk for Life" is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Sasabe, more than 70 miles southwest of Tucson. The walk will end with a memorial ceremony scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Kennedy Park, on Tucson's Southwest Side.

Since Oct. 1, the start of the federal fiscal year, at least 77 migrants ages 3 to 68 have died in the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson Sector while crossing into the United States from Mexico on foot, many succumbing to dehydration and heat exhaustion.

The walk began in 2004 with about 25 participants and has grown each year, according to organizer Kat Rodriguez, part of the Coalición de Derechos Humanos/Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras ­ one of several groups that will participate this year. Among the other groups are the faith-based No More Deaths coalition, the Samaritans, Witness for Peace, Coloradans for Immigrant Rights and the West Coast Mennonite Central Committee.

"It's about bearing witness to the deaths," Rodriguez said.

Organizers say they also want to draw attention to international economic and U.S. immigration policies that they claim are contributing to the high number of deaths.

The Migrant Trail group will walk 12 to 16 miles daily, typically beginning at 6 a.m., Rodriguez said. On the final day, the walkers will go past the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson headquarters, at 1970 W. Ajo Way.

Read the remainder of this article here:

On StarNet: Find a searchable database of border fatalities at

Contact reporter Stephanie Innes at 573-4134 or at

More information from co-sponsor Mennonite Central Committee

The Brown Bag Project

Hello friends,

On Earth Peace has been helping distribute MIXED SIGNALS, a counter-recruitment comic created by Sabrina Jones.

Now an activist-artist collective has printed the first page of the comic on paper bags to be distributed in delis & bodegas in communities targeted by recruiters. Fabulous! Read the story below.

Let me know if you want copies of the comic -- You can also see it and order it on Sabrina's website at

Yours for artivism!

~Matt Guynn
On Earth Peace

A joint project by The Friends of William Blake, Visual Resistance and Sabrina Jones.

In times like these, when recruiting youth to fight in a long and entrenched war overseas is getting progressively harder, it's no wonder that the military will use as many ways as possible to infiltrate our neighborhoods and schools, to reach us when we least expect it; say, when we're buying an egg & cheese in the morning or a snack after school. The Brown Bag Project was conceived in response to just that: the military's use of paper deli/bodega bags to promote military enlistment.
The military's bags are offered free-of-charge to bodega owners in neighborhoods with high recruitment potential. It's hard to turn down these free goods, and, by proxy, bodega owners and workers become recruiters themselves. The bags, like all military advertising, focus on promises of money for college, signing bonuses and other incentives that are either false or highly unlikely. Our job: to make sure the military's word isn't the only word on the street.

The Project
An initial print run of 1,000 paper bags to be given free-of-charge to bodegas and delis in highly targeted neighborhoods. Each bag will feature an illustrated comic on one side and a list of recruitment myths and facts, and the URL for the website, on the other.

View the entire comic "Mixed Signals" to be featured as cover art on The Brown Bag Project.

Read about The Brown Bag Project in Time Out New York.

Learn about the original brown bag project, an effort by veterans to alert Congress to the broken promises of health care for veterans.

How you can help
  1. Donate towards printing costs:
  2. Templates will be available on the website soon. Feel free to download them, alter as needed, print and distribute in your neighborhood.
  3. If you�ve seen bags advertising military enlistment in your neighborhood, please e-mail us at with the location details (we'd love pictures, too).

Agape Community -- Brockton, MA

Brothers and Sisters,

How do you find daily and regular support for gospel-based peacemaking and spiritual rootedness?

Places like the Agape Community in Brockton, MA, are refuges in the midst of this strange land.

How can we take small steps toward creating these kinds of refuge spaces in our own communities? What are you already doing?

Matt Guynn
On Earth Peace

What is The Agape Community?

The Agape Community is a lay Catholic residential community with non-profit status, co-founded in 1982 in Brockton, MA by Suzanne Belote Shanley, Brayton Shanley and Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy, with a vision of ministry in peace education with a primary focus on Catholic schools from elementary through colleges and universities, and including an ecumenical and interfaith embrace. The community began with a focus on prayer (three times a day), evangelical simplicity and peacemaking witness in the world.

In 1987, co-founders, Suzanne Belote Shanley and Brayton Shanley moved with their daughter, Teresa, to 32 acres of land in the Quabbin Reservoir watershed where they and hundreds of volunteers built the first community building, Francis House, with interest free loans, donations, and generous gifts from donors who supported the Franciscan charism of simple living, the healing power of nature and solitude, and peace education.. Agape's large organic garden feeds the community as well as others in the area.

In 1997, Agape launched a second building project, a straw bale house with solar energy, compost toilet, wood cook and wood heating stoves, named after St. Brigid of Ireland. The sustainable community experiment is designed to inspire people to live a more simple, creative lifestyle emphasizing a theology grounded in a sound ecology rather than consumption.

Who Lives at The Agape Community?

Permanent residents: Co-founders Brayton Shanley and Suzanne Belote Shanley and daughter, Teresa Ellen Shanley, join with those who reside for short or long periods at Agape. Such residents have included interns from numerous colleges and other pilgrims including a couple from Ithaca, New York, who spent their sabbatical with Agape while on leave from the Philosophy Department at Ithaca College and a psychology practice in family therapy. Other interns have included students from Marlboro College, Amherst College, Boston College, Xavier College, Ohio, Smith College, and scores of others. On occasion, Agape offers hospitality and short-term housing for those in need, including people leaving prison, in immediate need of housing or at risk for violence. Agape has offered refuge for a couples in crisis, including mediation and housing.

What Is The Agape Education Ministry?

A comprehensive listing of Agape Ministries:

  • St. Mary of the Angel's parish in Roxbury MA.; Latino youth from Joven a Joven in Lawrence, MA.; CCD youth from parishes throughout Massachusetts; a year long program on gospel nonviolence at Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA, a two year program at North Cambridge Catholic in Cambridge MA. developing the school's first Peer Mediation Program for largely inner city youth with a partial grant from The Sisters of St. Joseph.
  • In 2002, on the occasion of Agape's 20th Anniversary, the community hosted an anniversary event at Holy Cross College, with the sponsorship of Bishop Daniel Reilly and Prof. David O'Brien, chair of the Center for the Study of Ethics and Culture, with a keynote address by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, Michigan.
  • Also in 2002, Agape launched with Bishop Reilly, in the Catholic Colleges in the Diocese of Worcester, including Holy Cross, Assumption, and Anna Maria Colleges, a program entitled: Catholic Conscience Formation on War and Peace, endorsed by the Presidents and campus ministers of the respective colleges.
  • For the past three years, Agape co-founders, Brayton Shanley and Suzanne Belote Shanley, have co-taught a course for Worcester State College at the College and at Agape with Professor Courtney Schlosser of Worcester State's Department of Philosophy.
  • Since 1990, Agape has hosted two college retreats a year, attracting hundreds of college students from throughout the New England area and beyond. Students respond to a variety of approaches including meditation, silence, learning about simple lifestyle and gospel based peacemaking.

How Is Agape Governed?

Agape's vision and mission are guided by its Mission Council consisting of twelve people, including lay and religious with backgrounds in education and ministry. Agape's chaplain for the past seven years, Fr. David Gill SJ; Boston College, is also pastor of St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Roxbury, MA.

In 2003, The Agape Community became a non-profit corporation.

Who Supports Agape?

  • Support for the Agape's endeavors has come from the various Catholic Dioceses in Massachusetts and New England for whom Agape offers programs in parishes, schools and colleges, as well as hosting programs on site.
  • Agape has been the recipient of grants from religious orders over the years including Dominican Sisters of Illinois; Sisters of St. Joseph, School Sisters of St. Joseph, Notre Dame Sisters in Massachusetts, to mention a few.
  • Donations and grants have sustained the community in its outreach to inner city youth, including successive years of youth retreats at Agape.
  • Individual support of the community is the lifeblood of its work. Some Friends of Agape choose to send a small or large amount once a month, a week, or once a year.
  • Our sustenance for the counseling work, hospitality, intern ministry, spiritual direction, hosting retreatants at the Hermitage, is never fee for service. Rather, as stewards of the community, we depend solely on donations for the ministry above, as well as for our ministry of mission through invitation by host sites.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

being faithful in the locus imperium


This reflection comes from Ched Myers, a preacher and scholar who spoke at On Earth Peace's 2004 Organizing for Peace conference in southern California.

Myers is a part of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries -- Visit their site for a variety of creative possibilities in ministry and radical Christian discipleship.

Blessings on all of us as we come to life in the midst of the empire,

~Matt Guynn
On Earth Peace

North American Christians, especially those of us from the privileged strata of society, must come to terms with the fact that our reading site for the Gospel of Mark is empire, locus imperium.

Facing this truth is exceedingly difficult for those of us who by race, sex, or class are the "rightful inheritors" of the imperial project -- or who at the very least are promised a comfortable metropolitan existence in exchange for our political conformity.

Two key themes should characterize our theological reflection and guide our practice in the locus imperium.

The first is repentance, which for us implies not only a conversion of heart, but a concrete process of turning away from empire, its distractions and seductions, its hubris and iniquity.

The second is resistance, which involves shaking off the powerful sedation of a society that rewards ignorance and trivializes everything political, in order to discern and take concrete stands in our historical moment, and to find meaningful ways to "impede imperial progress."

Ched Myers, activist theologian

==Excerpts from Ched Myers, Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus (Orbis, 1988). Quoted in Geez Magazine, fall 2006.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

PeaceJam Reflections

Subscriber Wanda Joseph of Brethren, Michigan, wrote to let me know that she attended the PeaceJam event this list mentioned on Monday. Wanda is a member of the Onekama, MI, Church of the Brethren. You can see her here with her family -- Wanda's got the long red hair!

Here's her report on the experience!

Peace & grace,
Matt Guynn
On Earth Peace

For the friends on the Peace Witness Action List,

I have had the privilege of participating in PeaceJam for a couple years with students from our local alternative high school, CASMAN Alternative Academy, Manistee, Michigan. For the past three years, I provided a community connection with the school and taught some service learning classes around peacemaking and community service. One of the quarters each year, the class was called PeaceJam.

PeaceJam is an international organization that links students with Nobel Peace Prize Laureates with the goal of giving students real life experience for learning that they can make a significant difference in their community for peace. Local clubs/classes/church groups hook up with PeaceJam and study the life of one of the 13 laureates that are working with PeaceJam. For the Great Lakes Region, this year, we studied the life and work of Jose Ramos Horta from East Timor. In December 1996, José Ramos-Horta shared the Nobel Peace Prize with his fellow countryman, Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo.

In the spring, the clubs come together for a PeaceJam conference in Kalamazoo, the home of the Great Lakes PeaceJam office. The plan is that the Nobel Laureate joins the students at this conference, providing a powerful, face to face, live, breathing example of a peacemaker. This year, unrest in East Timor pulled Mr. Ramos Horta back home before the conference. Amazingly, we had a "conversation" with him, via a satellite video/audio connection.

For the CASMAN students, this connection with PeaceJam stretches their hearts and life experience. They mingle in small and large groups with students of all colors, shapes, faith from the midwest region. They understand that they are part of something much larger than themselves and their contained community. Just hours into the first day, students say with enthusiasm, "I am coming next year!"

An expectation of the club is to develop a community service project that is connected somehow with what they have studied of "their" Nobel laureate, or otherwise a project that addresses a community need. They then present the plan or the report to the Nobel Laureate and all 200-300 participants as part of the conference. Definitely, a skill building event!

Last summer, we had an opportunity to meet Desmond Tutu, and before that, we met Mairead Corrigan Maguire from Northern Ireland.

The stories of the Laureates and the curriculum are available on the website:

The organization began 10 years ago with the focus on high school students and is expanding to the elementary age with plans for middle school and college curriculum in the future.

Community groups, schools, churches, 4H, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs participate.

I'd be glad to share more information about our experience if members of this list have questions.

Wanda Joseph

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

COLOMBIA: Barrancabermeja marches for workers' rights

Dear friends,

News from Colombia, where on May 1, workers and womens' groups constructed a Book of Life showing the names of all those who had lost their life in the struggle for justice.

May each of our lives be part of that grand project of life, of ushering in the Dance of God's upside-down reign.


Matt Guynn
On Earth Peace

5 May 2006
COLOMBIA: Barrancabermeja marches for workers' rights

Representatives from unions, human rights and social organizations gathered in a soccer field 1 May to celebrate International Workers' Day, and to remember all of those who have fallen in the struggle for the right to dignified work, and other human rights.

The construction of a "Book of Life" began the ecumenical action. Unions, organizations and parishes contributed pages to the book, naming members of their communities murdered because they struggled for justice. The teacher's union highlighted fifteen educators killed in the last four months. Christian Peacemaker Teams Colombia added names from the Opón communities and beloved fellow CPTer, Tom Fox.

After this moment of remembrance, each sector of the population received a candle dedicated to the construction of hope in the midst of threats.

Bishop Jaime Prieto closed the ecumenical witness. He spoke about the potential good that could come from globalization, and the terrible realities of the poverty in rural and urban communities today caused by globalization. "In this new century, work continues to be the key to the social question," he said, "that deeply challenges democratic process, because without social justice for the worker's world, democracy cannot exist." The Bishop renewed his commitment to workers, saying, "I have opted for the defense of the poorest and most marginalized."

All present demonstrated their commitment to continue working for labor rights, justice and peace with a march that ended in a political action. Sinaltrainal, the Coca-Cola workers' union, carried a banner that read, "Coca-Cola robs the salary from its workers," and again called for a boycott of all Coca Cola products until the multinational changes the treatment of their workers. The Popular Women's Organization (OFP), used the moment to continue denouncing militarization with signs that showed camouflaged clothing. They read, "If my body is a project for life, why would I camouflage it?" Everyone strongly expressed their objection to the reelection of President Uribe and the Free Trade Agreement that Colombia and the U.S. are currently negotiating.

The events of the day conveyed the unity of Barrancabermeja's social organization in working for human rights. Together community members thanked unions for their work in the defense of the right to dignified work, and denounced the violations of labor rights, including union leaders' right to life. CPT Colombia shared a litany written for the celebration.

Two union leaders received awards for their long term dedication to the struggle: Odinto González of Sintraemdes, the decentralized municipal business worker's union, and Roque Bernardino Contreras of the USO, the petroleum worker's union. Barrancabermeja, in the midst of civil war that does not cease, continues the struggle for their rights.

Links of interest:
Popular Women's Organization - Colombia
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Colombia Project
Barranca background on Wikipedia

Monday, May 15, 2006

PeaceJam Empowers Teens

Dear friends,

I like the savvy that these folks are using as they connect with young people around peace & positive action.

How can you help make spiritually-based peacemaking hip and cool in your community?

Take care,

~Matt Guynn
On Earth Peace

PeaceJam Empowers Teens

Kalamazoo Gazette
By Chris Killian
May 14, 2006

(You can find PeaceJam online at

For most teenagers, a cool, damp Saturday afternoon is an invitation to head to the movies with friends, watch television or surf the Internet.

But for about 200 teens from around the Great Lakes region, Saturday was a day for action -- peaceful action.

They came from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan to participate in an event hosted by PeaceJam, an international organization that partners with 13 Nobel Peace Prize winners who share their wisdom with youths and empower them to change their communities for the better.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park, but was moved to Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business because of rain.

But that didn't dampen the sprit of the diverse group of teens who gathered there to participate in the event, as they moved from room to room engaging in a number of activities meant to educate them about the power they have to change the world.

"This fills you up like a good cup of soup,'' said Talat Mangla, a WMU senior and PeaceJam mentor. "You walk out of here exhausted but so full of energy.''

In one activity, participants read from books banned from some school districts across the United States in an expression of their right to free speech. In another activity, teens wrote messages on prayer flags and then hung them outside the building.

The green, yellow, white and red flags snapped crisply in the cool breeze. The messages on them read like a play book for nonviolence: "You can bomb the world into pieces, but you can't bomb it into Peace,'' one read. "Justice is truth in action,'' another read.

"This is a great program to teach people about peace on a worldwide level,'' Kalamazoo Central High School student Charles Gregg-Geist said.

That was no more true than when the miracle of modern technology enabled the PeaceJam crowd to listen firsthand to 1996 Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta, a man who has devoted much of his life to propagating peace.

Ramos-Horta was supposed to have spoken at the event, but had to cancel because mounting civil unrest in his country of East Timor.

A live video feed from the independent state among the islands of Indonesia enabled Ramos-Horta to speak anyway, as he told the teens to keep spreading the message of peace to their communities.

"When we are in power we need to be even more humble and be embracing of everybody,'' he said. "If you can't be humble, at least pretend. It won't do you any harm.''

PeaceJam co-founder Ivan Suvanjieff said he was impressed with the event.

"PeaceJam is a chance for kids to see greatness,'' he said of the prominence of Nobel Laureates at PeaceJam events. "We want them to realize the power each one of them has to change the world.''

Suvanjieff, along with his wife and fellow co-founder Dawn Engle, has traveled the world visiting and speaking with Nobel Peace Prize winners, asking them to support PeaceJam's mission.

He has met with the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many other Nobel Laureates.

The addition of the winners is just one component to the success of the program, though. With all the advertisements that are directed toward teenagers -- telling them what to wear, listen to and watch -- PeaceJam has to be savvy.

"We want kids to find us hip, sexy and cool,'' Suvanjieff said. "And we want the program to make them empowered.''

During the event, a large piece of paper -- several feet long -- was taped to the dry-erase board in the business college's auditorium.

Teens were urged to write comments of encouragement on the paper, which is to be delivered to East Timor.

One teen didn't just write a few kind words.

"Give me a call sometime if you need any help,'' the note read.

More about PeaceJam.

Source for story: Kalamazoo Gazette.

Originally cited on the Pace e Bene website,

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order

Dear sisters, brothers, and all good friends,

May 9, today, is Dan Berrigan's birthday. In honor of his lifelong witness for the Beloved Community, I send these lines from a poem he wrote in the days before the Catonsville Nine action, in which draft files were burned outside the draft office in Catonsville, MD.

For those who have still to hear about Berrigan, see the biography, below his court statement!

"We could not so help us God do otherwise," he writes.

What can you not do otherwise, as God's calling is revealed in your life?

How are you changed and called forward by being
"bathed in the light of the resurrection"?

~Matt Guynn
On Earth Peace

Sources for statement:

Dan Berrigan's Meditation on the Action of the Catonsville 9

"Our Apologies good friends, for the fracture of good order"

On May 17th, 1968, nine people, including Father Daniel Berrigan and his brother Father Phillip Berrigan, entered a draft board and removed draft files of those who were about to be sent to Viet Nam. They took these files outside and burned them with home-made napalm, a weapon commonly used on civilians by the U.S. forces. They then awaited their arrest by authorities. The following is the statement Dan Berrigan read in court during their trial, as reported in the play, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.

Some ten or twelve of us (the number is still uncertain) will, if all goes well (ill?), take our religious bodies during this week to a draft center in or near Baltimore. There we shall, of purpose and forethought, remove the 1-A draft files, sprinkles them in the public street with home-made napalm, and set them afire. For which act we shall, beyond doubt, be placed behind bars for some portion of our natural lives. In consequence of our ability to live and die content in the plagued city- to say ‘peace peace’ when there is no peace; to keep the poor, poor; the thirsty and hungry, thirsty and hungry. Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children, the angering of the orderlies in the front parlor of the charnel house. We could not, so help us God, do otherwise. For we are sick at heart, our hearts give us no rest for thinking of the Land of Burning Children.

We say: killing is disorder. Life and gentleness and community and unselfishness is the only order we recognize. For the sake of that order, we risk our liberty, our good name. The time is past when good men may be silent, when obedience can segregate men from public risk, when the poor can die without defense. How many indeed must die before our voices are heard; how many must be tortured, dislocated, starved, maddened? How long must the world’s resources be raped in the service of legalized murder? When, at what point, will you say no to this war? We have chosen to say, with the gift of our liberty, if necessary, our lives: the violence stops here; the death stops here; the suppression of the truth stops here; this war stops here. Redeem the times! The times are inexpressibly evil. Christians pay conscious, indeed religious tribute to Caesar and Mars by the approval of overkill tactics, by brinkmanship, by nuclear liturgies, by racism, by support of genocide. They embrace their society with all their heart and abandon the cross. They pay lip service to Christ, and military service to the powers of death.

And yet and yet the times are inexhaustibly good
solaced by the courage and hope of many.
The truth rules, Christ is not forsaken.
In a time of death, some men--
the resisters -- those who work hardily for social change--
those who preach and embrace the truth--
such men overcome death,
their lives are bathed in the light of the resurrection,
the truth has set them free.
In the jaws of death,
they proclaim their love of the brethren.
We think of such men
in the world in our nation in the churches
and the stone in our breast is dissolved
we take heart once more.


Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit priest, teacher, poet, and activist, was born in 1921, and ordained by the Order of the Society of Jesus in 1952. He is the author of many books of poetry and prose, including Time without Number, America is Hard to Find, and Night Flight to Hanoi.

Influenced by Dorothy Day and the pacifist Catholic Worker Movement, as well as by his experience with the worker-priest movement in France, Berrigan became an early voice of opposition to the war in Vietnam. He was a sponsor of the National Catholic Peace Fellowship and co-founder of Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam.

In 1968 he traveled with Dr. Howard Zinn to North Vietnam to escort home three American prisoners of war. Seeing the effects of bombing and napalm on the Vietnamese people further motivated his antiwar activity, including his participation in the Catonsville Nine event.

After Catonsville, Berrigan spent several months underground and after his capture, 18 months in prison. He memorialized the trial in his award-winning play, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, drawn from court transcripts and later made into a feature film. Berrigan has continued peace activism as a member of the Plowshares movement and has been arrested frequently for his protest actions. He lives today in Manhattan where he continues to teach, write, and work for peace.

Source for bio:

Pentecost 2006: Building a Covenant for a New America!

Pentecost 2006: Building a Covenant for a New America!
National City Christian Church
Washington, D.C.
June 26-28, 2006


Join Rev. Jim Wallis and hundreds of grassroots and faith-based anti-poverty leaders for three days of putting faith into action through workshops, Hill visits, inspiring speeches, and music, with the goal of building the political will to overcome poverty! Invited speakers at Pentecost 2006 include Sen. Barack Obama and Marian Wright Edelman, and confirmed speakers include Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rev. Sharon Watkins.

The moral imperative for overcoming poverty calls us to move beyond empty promises and lack of will  beyond the politics of blame to a politics of solutions. It is time for all leaders to move from sound bites to sound vision; from debates to dialogue; from rhetoric to results. Overcoming poverty must become a nonpartisan agenda and a bipartisan cause. It�s time to build a Covenant for a New America.

Join hundreds of church leaders, lay leaders, social service providers, and activists young and old for three days of putting faith into action to build the movement to overcome poverty in the U.S. and throughout the world.

*invited speaker

Join us for:

    * Workshops empowering you to raise your prophetic voice in the media and with legislators and organize to build power in your faith community.
    * Inspirational speeches from senators, media experts, religious leaders such as Jim Wallis, and grassroots leaders who will share real solutions to poverty.
    * Networking with the nation�s foremost anti-poverty leaders, as well as prominent leaders and activists from your neck of the woods.
    * Policy briefings and a Capitol Hill day to educate ourselves about real solutions to poverty and demand real solutions from our lawmakers.
    * An Emerging Leaders Track for participants 30 and younger, specifically focusing on how young people can raise their prophetic voices on campuses, in their places of work, in their faith communities, and in the world.

The conference will also serve as the launch of a new initiative, the �Covenant for a New America,� a solutions-based agenda for overcoming poverty that transcends ideology. The covenant is based on common-sense ways to end poverty, such as promoting a living family income for all who work, rebuilding neighborhoods and communities, strengthening families and renewing culture, and supporting the Millennium Development Goals to end global poverty.

Building this covenant and the movement to overcome poverty will happen because of people such as you, who care enough to put your faith into action. We hope to see you at the conference.